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From the Body of the Green Girl, 2008,

HappenStance Press, ISBN 978-1-905939-24-4




Our first night on the glass mountain

moonlight scrambles planes of ice

into a chaos of blinding slabs, tossed

and angled by a god who cannot decide

how to separate light from dark,

who has scattered the searing oblongs

and left them till later.


Towards dawn we hear the helicopter.

It flickers across the moon, printing

a jittery shadow on the ice, an angel

with rotating wings moving over the mountain,

its plainsong loud, deafening, fainter, gone.

The wavering god tackles the light/dark

problem again, tips the sun over a crest,

considers the way glare bounces.


There is no point in praying.



Paula Jennings


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